Smile You're on Candid Camera

I have always loved technology, and am amazed what can be accomplished as a result of recent inventions. I recently read an in-depth document on a new use for facial recognition software. I have heard the term used on high tech shows like CSI Cyber, NCIS and Bones, and I laugh at how they make a relatively complex process seem very simple and easy to execute. Alas, I now realize that the process is not as complex as I had envisioned.

Facial recognition is where a camera takes your photo, and a series of markers are placed on strategic points on your face. The area is then mapped to a computer grid and checked against thousands (if not millions) of images, to find who you are. Although the process is becoming more common, it was not until re